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University of Minnesota Alumni Association magazine earns top national recognition

“Minnesota” magazine honored for “strong and varied story selection and willingness to engage with major issues”

Contacts: Chris Coughlan-Smith, Alumni Association,, (612) 626-0474
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/21/2010) —The University of Minnesota of Minnesota Alumni Association’s “Minnesota” magazine has been named best college alumni magazine of its size by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Published four times a year, “Minnesota” this month won the prestigious international 2010 Circle of Excellence Gold Award for “Best College and University General Interest Magazine” with a circulation of 30,000 to 75,000.

“Minnesota took the top award on the basis of its well-thought out and substantive editorial content, especially its strong and varied story selection and willingness to engage with major issues in a way that relates to the institution,” according to judges’ comments.

The Silver Award went to Denison University, “Denison Magazine,” while the College of Charleston, “College of Charleston Magazine,” and the North Carolina State Alumni Association, “NC State Alumni Magazine,” both shared the Bronze Award.

Judges pointed in particular to three “Minnesota” articles: a story about a University of Minnesota-led investigation into deaths from lung disease among taconite miners in the state; an interview with former professor Gary Schwitzer whose research focuses on weaknesses in reporting about health care; and an article focusing on university horticulturalist Jeff Gillman whose work counters frequently dangerous and ridiculous gardening myths.

“Now more than ever, our alumni are looking for an engaging and meaningful connection to the U of M,” says Phil Esten, Alumni Association CEO. “‘Minnesota’ provides such a connection, through its mix of hard news, features, profiles and commentary, all against the backdrop of a crisp and colorful layout. We are proud to stand out among our peers and carry forward the standard of excellence ‘Minnesota’ has set nationwide.”

Published continuously since 1901 and produced under the leadership of editor Shelly Fling and managing editor Cynthia Scott, “Minnesota” magazine explores the discoveries, accomplishments and work of University of Minnesota faculty, students and alumni through articles about campus life, higher education and university events. It is sent to the approximately 60,000 members of the Alumni Association.

“To be recognized as the best among its peers with this CASE award is one of the highest honors a college or university magazine could receive,” says Fling, editor since 1998. “‘Minnesota’ magazine strives to demonstrate how critical the University of Minnesota is to the state and in addressing vexing world problems. And I’m thrilled that this award will bring more attention to this great institution’s work.”

For the complete list of 2010 Circle of Excellence awards winners, see

For more information about “Minnesota” magazine and to read the current issue online, go to

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